National trends, complications, and hospital charges in pediatric patients with Chiari malformation type I treated with posterior fossa decompression with and without duraplasty.

@article{Shweikeh2015NationalTC,
  title={National trends, complications, and hospital charges in pediatric patients with Chiari malformation type I treated with posterior fossa decompression with and without duraplasty.},
  author={Faris Shweikeh and Dharma Budi Sunjaya and Miriam Nu{\~n}o and Doniel Drazin and Mathew A Adamo},
  journal={Pediatric neurosurgery},
  year={2015},
  volume={50 1},
  pages={31-7}
}
BACKGROUND The treatment of type 1 Chiari malformation (CM-1) with posterior fossa decompression without (PFD) or with duraplasty (PFDD) is controversial. The authors analyze both options in a national sample of pediatric patients. METHODS Utilizing the Kids' Inpatient Database, CM-1 patients undergoing PFD or PFDD from 2000 through 2009 were analyzed. RESULTS 1,593 patients with PFD and 1,056 with PFDD were evaluated. The average age was 10.3 years, slightly younger in PFD (9.8 vs. 10.9… CONTINUE READING

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